TSCRA Crime Watch: Bulls, yearlings missing in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, Dist. 9 in southern Oklahoma, reports 10 head of mix-bred muley yearlings missing from a property in Waurika on July 25. The cattle are different colors, weigh approximately 650 to 750 pounds, each, and have a “C over lazy K” brand on the left hip. If you have any information on these cattle, please call Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-389-6123. TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in eastern Oklahoma also reports a bull missing from a property near Blanco in Pittsburg County some time between Aug. 4 and Aug. 8. The bull is a 5 or 6 year old Angus bull weighing approximately 1800 pounds with a W over a bar brand on the left hip. If you have any information on this bull, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888. Read more…

Big crowds enjoy ranching events Kaufman and Center

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More than 300 attended ranch gatherings in Kaufman and Center this week. During each event, attendees enjoyed a great beef meal and updates on legislative issues and local law enforcement activities. Read more…

Request for educational program ideas and content

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The Cattle Raisers Convention is the largest gathering of ranchers and landowners in the Southwest. TSCRA is accepting proposals for educational programs for the 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention. We are looking for fresh content for presentations, but also incorporating different delivery methods for variety and maximum retention of the presented information. Do you have a new idea or presentation format for the 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention? Let us know about it! Read more…

Statement from NCBA regarding proposed rule to allow importation of beef from Argentinian region

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The USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register Aug. 28 to allow the importation of beef from a region in Argentina. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President and TSCRA Past President Bob McCan, cattleman from Victoria, Texas, issued a statement reinforcing concern for the safety of U.S. cattle herd. Read more…

Livestock producers invited to important Farm Service Agency meeting in Bryan

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USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) invites livestock producers to attend a meeting to discuss the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) which compensates eligible producers for grazing losses due to qualifying drought retroactive to 2011. The meeting is on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Producers Cooperative in Bryan. The workshop will focus specifically on programs of interest to livestock producers, as well as touch on other farm bill programs. The workshop is free and open to the general public. Read more…

Prospects good for dove season in Texas

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Most folks don’t usually look forward to Mondays, but Texas dove hunters will be making an exception this year. The traditional September 1 dove season opening day in the North and Central Zones falls on Labor Day Monday. Dove hunting this season should be good, according to wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as both mourning and white-winged dove populations are seeing an increase over last year. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Aug. 26, 2014

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On the map, conditions across parts of Texas continued to deteriorate as below-normal precipitation, high maximum temperatures, reduced soil moisture, and low reservoirs led to expansion of areas of Moderate Drought (D1), Severe Drought (D2), and Extreme Drought (D3) in the North Central and Gulf Coast Plains regions. According to Water Data for Texas, Coastal Bend Area reservoirs are currently 35.3 percent full while the Rio Grande Region Planning Region reservoirs are currently 22.1 percent full. In contrast, the East Texas reservoirs are currently 96.4 percent full. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

Livestock helps minimize drop in farm income in 2014

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U.S. farm income is expected to fall 14 percent in 2014, to its lowest level in four years, as expectations for record corn and soybean crops have pushed commodity prices to their lowest in several years, the Agriculture Department said this week.The USDA said net farm income is forecast to be $113 billion in 2014, down from $131 billion in 2013. Read more at The Des Moines Register…

Counties in Texas, New Mexico, designated as primary natural disaster areas

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated El Paso and Kleberg counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to the recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Brooks, Hudspeth, Jim Wells, Kenedy and Nueces counties in Texas, as well as I Dona Ana and Otero Counties in New Mexico, also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Read more…

“Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches” now available

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published a new resource for landowners and managers, “Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas.” The new publication can be downloaded for free or purchased at $3 per hard copy through the AgriLife Bookstore. Read more at the Texas Water Resources Institute newsletter Conservation Matters

Cattle producers can add revenue through cost-effective calf management

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A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices. As prices for calves continue to reach historic levels, beef cattle producers could see increased revenue by implementing blackleg vaccinations, castrations and implants, as well as deworming. However, many ranchers do not elect to do so and could be missing significant additions to revenue Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Lean meatball subs

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An easy meatball sub sandwich would make a great lunch or dinner. Read more at txbeef.org…

TSCRA Crime Watch – John Deere tractor, box blade stolen in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, District 5, eastern Oklahoma, reports the Aug. 8 theft of a John Deere model 4500 tractor and a Rhino box blade from an Inola, Okla., property, in Rogers County. The tractor has a front-end loader, is green and yellow, with duct tape on the seat and rubber latches holding the hood down. VIN No. LV4500T352299. The Rhino box blade is model HB 66. It is red and had 6 hydraulic lines that hooked from the tractor to the box blade. VIN No. 10027. If you have information regarding this case, contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.  

EPA Finally Hands Over Maps Detailing the Extent of their WOTUS Proposal

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Source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released maps today of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee. The maps appear to detail the extent of the “Waters of the United States” proposal. “Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “But EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the alarming content of these documents. While you claim that EPA has not yet used these maps to regulate Americans, you provided Read more…

Humane Treatment of Cattle Yields Better Beef – and Better Sales

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Source:  Denver Post Livestock welfare researcher Temple Grandin told food industry officials Tuesday that humane practices improve meat quality, which in turn is helping contribute to historic high prices. Grandin, a Colorado State University professor whose research is internationally acclaimed, said humane treatment provides benefits at the slaughter plant as well as the ranch and feedlot.  Read more.

Ranchers weigh options on replacement heifers amid historic high prices

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When it comes to replacement heifers in beef cattle operations, producers are faced with a dilemma: Raise them, buy them or sell them and “take the money and run,” said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. It’s becoming an all too familiar situation among Texas ranchers,said Stan Bevers, an AgriLife Extension economist at Vernon who recently presented a study at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course. Read more…

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 26, 2014

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts warn grain sorghum producers they should now be ever more vigilant in scouting for armyworms in the coming weeks as the crop heads out. Though much dryland grain sorghum in the High Plains is currently drought-stressed, there’s still the potential for some very good yields. Another rain in the next week or two would really make a difference. Read more…

USDA raises beef, port prices forecast on drought, disease

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Retail prices for many U.S. meats, already at record highs, continue to rise on a combination of drought and disease, but overall food cost increases remain near long-term averages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The agency now forecasts pork, beef and veal prices to rise by 6.5 to 7.5 percent in 2014, up from 5.5 to 6.5 percent forecast a month ago. The overall “meats, poultry and fish” category will rise by 4 to 5 percent. Read more at Reuters…

JBS USA opens new cattle-buying station

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JBS USA opened a 12,000-square-foot cattle-buying station in Denver, Co., Aug. 25. The company is leasing space at 503 School Road, where Goods Livestock buys hogs and operates a livestock truck wash. In the past, directly working with the packer was only an option for large farms that could send the packer a full semitrailer load of cattle at a time. Lancaster County’s average herd size is about 60 to 75 animals, though, and many farms are dairy farms, which only produce a few slaughter cattle at a time, said Curtis McFadden, the main buyer for JBS.Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Drones on the farm: What are the laws?

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While the appeal of using unmanned aerial systems by farmers and growers to aid in farm operations is growing in popularity, before you launch a drone over your crops to gauge field conditions, be aware that doing so could result in a hefty fine from the Federal Aviation Administration.  So says Peggy Hall, assistant professor and Ohio State University Extension field specialist in agricultural and resource law. Hall said that while the technology is available for farmers and growers to utilize drones for their farm operations, the rules of who can use it and how aren’t as clear.  Read more…